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Young Jonn tells Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio about His Transition from Producer To Artist

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Young Jonn tells Apple Music's Africa Now Radio about His Transition from Producer To Artist

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Young Jonn, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Nandi Madida’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida this Friday, April 12th 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

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Nigerian Afrobeats artist and producer Young Jonn joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest single, “Bahamas.” He also discusses his debut album, ‘Jiggy Forever,’ transitioning from producer to artist, how he manages to record wherever he is, and his plans to tour.

The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Tiphe, Niphkeys & YKB, Shallipopi, Ruger & Bnxn, Blxckie, and Nonso Amadi, SjavasDaDeejay & Tumelo.za.

Africa Rising
Swati rapper and producer GRIXXLY is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “No Mistakes (feat. Amarii)” and “Musa WeNkhosi.”  Listen HERE.

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Nandi’s Song of the Week
Each week, Nandi Madida chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights South African house star DJ Kent, and his track, “Horns In The Sun (feat. Brenden Praise, Morda & Mo-T) [Thakzin Remix]”, from Apple Music’s Isgubhu playlist, showcasing the best African dance and electronic sounds. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, April 12th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

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Young Jonn tells Apple Music about His Transition from Producer To Artist
What really triggered that was back in 2017 when I lost my mum. I started spending so much time by myself. I wasn’t turning up for my studio sessions or being in the studio with artists like I used to. So I had so much music lying around because I was recording so much. This period was what really made me start putting out music, because I never really planned to.

Young Jonn tells Apple Music How He Feels Releasing His Debut Album, ‘Jiggy Forever’ 
I can’t lie, it feels good. It feels amazing. I feel blessed, regardless of what the outcome is. I never saw this coming, I never planned for this. I’m here today dropping my debut album and it feels so surreal. The love has been crazy since I started dropping my music. There’s been a lot that’s happened in my life and I feel so blessed, regardless of what anyone thinks.

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Young Jonn tells Apple Music What Fans Can Expect from the Album
It’s big summer vibes. The right transition into summer time. Under the sun, by the beach.

Young Jonn tells Apple Music about His Recording Process
When I was recording this album, I had no idea I was recording THE album. Probably because of my background as a producer, I’m always recording. I was doing a lot of travelling last year, doing a lot of shows outside my country. I have a studio setup with me, that I carry in my bag. So wherever I find myself, I’m recording. I had so much music around, so let’s pick what carries the emotions I want to be on the album. Recording didn’t seem like I was recording the album. I was just having fun and doing my thing, like I always do.

Young Jonn Tells Apple Music about his Upcoming Tours
I’m touring from May. Europe in May. Canada in June and America in September. I’m pretty much on the road throughout this year. I’m excited.

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Benjies charts his course to stardom with introspective debut EP “TRI”

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Benjies charts his course to stardom with introspective debut EP “TRI”

With the finesse of a poet, Benjies explores the multifaceted nature of identity in 10 minutes of pure lyrical bliss on his debut EP, “TRI.” His 3-track spectacle is available to stream in music stores worldwide. Listen to it here: https://bfan.link/tri-2

Money, love and mental health are some of the relevant issues of our day and to Benjies, these are cardinal to his self-expression, hence “TRI.” This thematic representation of himself (as reflected on the EP’s cover) sees the rapper break into the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene at lightspeed with silky flows and a melodic rap style that renders a catchy narrative. Bundle this talent with the groovy touches of PsykoWorldWide, Elormbeatz, Swit and Benjies is invincible on his first EP.


“TRI” opens up with the hard-hitting ‘Scheming.’ Benjies acknowledges the power of money and rhymes about his determination to secure the bag by any means necessary. He uses the Akan proverb “sika yɛ mogya” as a substrate for his intriguing rhymes to atomize, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way.

Benjes shifts the scope to mental health in the second track, ‘Pain Killer’ featuring Nemisis Loso. Here, the rapper artistically contemplates turning to alcohol and other vices as a quick fix to his problems. He is, however, quick to highlight the negative impact of such choices on his psyche, relying on a clever Fante flow to keep his call for staying sober fresh and exciting.


Things slow down for the EP’s closer, ‘Ride or Die.’ Benjies takes his time on this one, putting his better half on a pedestal over a soothing Hiplife production that feels classic. In an intimate show of affection, the rapper appreciates this significant figure for sticking it out with him through thick and thin. The rapper’s lyrics echo a sense of gratitude, steadily manifesting his final identity: love.

After drawing inspiration from his extensive time studying in China, Benjies is ready to disrupt the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene through his tasteful blend of Hip-Hop, Hiplife, Afrobeats and Jazz with the funky rhythms of Alternative music. Last year, the burgeoning Fante rapper, who is equally fluent in Cantonese, dropped two tracks (’On the Go’ and ‘Third Person’) to test the waters and showcase his talent. Since then, he has been eager to establish himself as a prominent player in the industry, making his latest EP a must-listen.

Instagram: _benjies
Twitter/X: @Benjies_
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Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese Join Forces for Exciting Remix of “Gorilla”

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Dynamic duo Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese have teamed up for an electrifying remix of their hit single “Gorilla.” The collaboration brings together two powerhouse artists in the Ghana music industry to create a fresh and innovative sound that is sure to captivate listeners around the world.

Originally released as a standalone track, “Gorilla” quickly gained momentum and garnered widespread acclaim for its infectious beat and catchy lyrics. Now, with the addition of Kwaw Kese’s unique style and flair, the remix takes the song to new heights, offering fans a fresh take on an already beloved track produced by klenam Lednum “Klxnam” from the Uk.

Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese are no strangers to success in the music industry, with both artists boasting an impressive catalogue of hits and a dedicated fan base. By joining forces on the remix of “Gorilla,” they have created a collaboration that is sure to resonate with fans of both artists and introduce their music to new audiences.

The remix of “Gorilla” is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Fans can expect an exciting blend of Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s signature sounds, as well as a few surprises along the way.

Don’t miss out on this exciting collaboration between two of the most talented artists in the industry. Stream the remix of “Gorilla” today and experience the magic for yourself.

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For more information, please visit Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s official websites and social media pages.

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Zyon Ovkin drops hot new single, ‘Vibrate’

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Zyon Ovkin drops hot new single, 'Vibrate'

Frank Kweku Cole a.k.a “Manzo” but mostly known as Zyon Ovkin has dropped his latest single, ‘Vibrate’. Listen here

Born and raisd in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Zyon Ovkin completed Good News Baptize JHS in Sunyani and later move to Accra to continue his education at College High Senior High School.  He calls himself ” The Composer” due to his versatility and ability to quickly blend and adapt with any kind of music style. “I have experiment with different sounds and genres including Afropop,Rap,Highlife, Afrobeats Contemporary and conscious music. My immediate surrounding and upbringing has a major influence on my composition and thought process,” he comments.

Zyon Ovkin is spiritually conscious. He  taps a lot of energy from Daddy Lumba, Kwadwo Antwi and Amakye Dede as their messages resonate well with him. “I’m also influenced by the late Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. As a tenager, the loss of my Dad and my brother left me with a huge gap and trauma and the only way escaping the pain is through Music,” he adds.

He is currently signed to Solid Brand Management.

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LEONARDODDJ X IYKE PARKER CALLS ON 99PHACES FOR SUMMER ANTHEM “PAIN AND PLEASURE”

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“Life of the party and I give it my all” is one of the lines that is bound to catch your attention as you listen to Iyke Parker and Leonardoddj’s latest single.

Audio: https://easternchild.fanlink.tv/PainNPleasure

Teaming up with Ghanaian collective 99phaces, the duo releases their second single as they build up the release of their joint project later this year. 

With verses from Anabel Rose and Freddie Gambini, the house themed song is laced with an infectious chorus and catchy bridge which embodies the groovy feel that comes with the summer. The song encourages listeners to let loose and destress after experiencing the gruesome and tiresome couple of months. 

Produced by Iyke Parker, Pain and Pleasure has been dubbed a summer anthem. You can stream the single on all DSPs. 

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‘Borkor Borkor’: new single from rising rapper, Crytical emphasizes on success through perseverance

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Crytical, the talented artist from Tema, Ghana, is set to captivate audiences once again with the release of his latest track, ‘Bokor Bokor,’ produced by the esteemed SwatyBeats. Listen to ‘Borkor Borkor’ here: https://onerpm.link/bokorbokor

‘Bokor Bokor’ epitomizes a fusion of contemporary Hip-Hop and Rap with intricate guitar riffs and licks interwoven throughout, providing a melodic backdrop. The rhythmic drum patterns and instrumentation draw inspiration from cultural dance folk tunes, lending the composition a rich tapestry of sound. These elements converge to deliver a fresh perspective on rap music, filtered through the lens of a Gen-Z artist.

At the heart of the track lies a dynamic interplay between the buoyant beats and Crytical’s evocative lyrics, which explore the existential struggles faced by individuals navigating the complexities of life. Amidst the vibrant rhythms, Crytical adeptly articulates the internal turmoil experienced by “hustlers,” deftly weaving themes of perseverance and resilience.

A noteworthy aspect of ‘Bokor Bokor’ is Crytical’s incorporation of the popular Asante Twi phrase, further enriching the cultural tapestry of the composition. This inclusion, particularly evident in the chorus, reflects Crytical’s personal journey and underscores an enduring theme of patience amidst adversity.

With ‘Bokor Bokor,’ Crytical invites listeners on a sonic journey that transcends conventional boundaries, offering a poignant commentary on the human experience. As the track reverberates with infectious energy and introspective lyricism, it serves as a testament to Crytical’s artistry and unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.

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Kakra Jay is lovestruck in amusing visuals for new song ‘Crush on You’

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Kakra Jay is lovestruck in amusing visuals for new song ‘Crush on You’

Kakra Jay makes a catchy entrance into the year with the inviting visuals of his latest love song, ‘Crush on You.’ Directed by DushieFrames, this exciting release stars Asantewaa and Cassious in an amusing narrative that will keep viewers glued to their screens.

The experience of having a crush is universal, and if you have ever bumped into yours, Kakra Jay’s new video is for you. Its engaging premise offers a wishful insight into the singer’s admiration for his social media crush (played by Asantewaa) on the job as a receptionist with his colleague (played by Sani Enchill) at the Rose Tree International Hotel. 

Through the ensuing vibrant scenes, Kakra Jay daydreams about being noticed by his crush despite the rude presence of her boyfriend (played by Cassious). He sings about his feelings throughout the song, seemingly connecting with her in his dream world. Despite a few awkward moments—which are whimsical, he perseveres before ultimately catching up to the reality of the situation. 

Aside from the entertainment on-screen, ‘Crush on You’ is your typical Kakra Jay tune. It is lively and has a mesmerizing quality to it. The Drumsticks-produced song reminds us that, despite his prolonged absence from music, the ‘Sexual Healing’ star is still with us. Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1vfyj3NV146GAmACyx5H44

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INSTAGRAM: kakra_jay
TWITTER: @kakrajaysongs
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